F1 driver Nicolas Latifi's Williams car catches FIRE – and has a tyre EXPLODE

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Nicolas Latifi starts the new F1 season as he finished the last! Williams driver spins off the track as his tyre explodes during testing in Bahrain – months after his Abu Dhabi crash allowed Max Verstappen to pip Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 title

  • F1 driver Nicolas Latifi’s car caught fire on a dramatic testing day in Bahrain
  • Latifi’s Williams car was engulfed in flames after a fault with the rear brakes
  • The driver quickly escaped before the fire led to a rear tyre exploding  

F1 driver Nicolas Latifi had a narrow scape today after his Williams car caught fire in Bahrain, with one of the tyres exploding after he had exited the vehicle.

The dramatic scenes took place on the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain on Friday.

Latifi was cruising round the circuit when smoke started appearing from the back of his car. Soon afterwards flames were visible around the rear brakes, and Latifi was heading back to the pits when he spun out on the track.

Nicolas Latifi made a narrow escape on Friday when his Williams F1 car burst into flames

Nicolas Latifi made a narrow escape on Friday when his Williams F1 car burst into flames

Latifi was taking part in day two of pre-season testing in Bahrain when his car caught fire

Latifi was taking part in day two of pre-season testing in Bahrain when his car caught fire

Then the back of the F1 car was engulfed in flames as Latifi made a fast escape from the fire. 

A marshal soon appeared with a fire extinguisher and began tackling the flames when a sudden explosion occurred that Sky commentators suggested was one of the back tyres. 

Another marshal and Latifi himself then returned with additional fire extinguishers and the situation was brought under control. All testing on the track was suspended while the Williams situation was dealt with. 

As he drove round the circuit, smoke began billowing from the back of Latifi's Williams car

As he drove round the circuit, smoke began billowing from the back of Latifi’s Williams car 

Latifi then spun out on track and made a hasty escape as the flames grew larger on his vehicle

Latifi then spun out on track and made a hasty escape as the flames grew larger on his vehicle

Before long a rear tyre had exploded on the car, with Latifi and a marshal tackling the flames

Before long a rear tyre had exploded on the car, with Latifi and a marshal tackling the flames

Testing was immediately suspended and all cars sent back to the pits while the fire was handled

Testing was immediately suspended and all cars sent back to the pits while the fire was handled

In an ironic twist, Latifi’s team-mate Alexander Albon was being interviewed live by Sky as his fellow driver’s car set ablaze. 

‘I think I know what it is, I know what we were testing, so nothing to be alarmed (about) guys,’ Albon told Sky as smoke was visible from Latifi’s car. 

Both the commentators and Albon laughed and tried to make light of the situation as flames appeared, before the Williams driver praised the marshals for attending the fire quickly.

Latifi's Williams team-mate Alexander Albon (centre) was being interviewed as the fire happened

Latifi’s Williams team-mate Alexander Albon (centre) was being interviewed as the fire happened

Albon said he hoped the situation wasn’t too serious as the fire was put out quickly, but with only a few more days of pre-season testing to go, this was the last thing Williams needed ahead of the new F1 season.   

The incident sees Latifi start his new F1 season where he ended the last one: with a controversial crash.

It was Latifi’s mistake in hitting the wall at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi last December that led to one of the greatest F1 controversies of all time. 

Latifi's crash in the final race of last season led to the controversial safety car use that saw Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the F1 title

Latifi’s crash in the final race of last season led to the controversial safety car use that saw Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the F1 title

Verstappen was allowed to close the gap on Hamilton and eventually pipped him to the title

Verstappen was allowed to close the gap on Hamilton and eventually pipped him to the title

Latifi’s crash led to the safety car being deployed with six laps to go, and race director Michael Masi’s now infamous decision to allow Max Verstappen to close the gap between himself and race leader Lewis Hamilton before resuming the race on the final lap.

Verstappen, on fresher tyres, blew past Hamilton and won the F1 title amid huge outcry at Hamilton’s 11-second lead being wiped out under the safety car. 

After the race, Latifi said it was ‘never my intention to influence’ the outcome of the F1 championship.  

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